Student Presentations

A student presents her research on how insects are portrayed in music at the 2016 Spring Research Symposium.

Student Research Presentations at Off-Campus Scientific Meetings:

*Mark, A., I. *De Ayala, D. *Carius, & E. Baack. April 2016. Genome size estimates for perennial sunflowers. Iowa Academy of Science, Decorah, IA. (poster)

*Manges, R., L. *Post, K. *Bies, L. *Swanson, and J. Enos-Berlage.  2016.  Investigating the Effect of the CalR Transcription Factor on Expression of Calcium-Regulated Genes in Vibrio parahaemolyticus.  American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Boston, MA.

*Badger, E. A. *Johnson, J. *Denney, and J. Enos-Berlage.  2016. Multiple-year Investigation of Bacterial Contamination in a Midwest Agricultural Watershed.  American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Boston, MA.

*Jensen, I. & K.J. Larsen. 2015. Bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) diversity and floral use in remnant and planted tallgrass prairies of Northeast Iowa. National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. (poster)

*Stivers, E., J. *Wittman & K.J. Larsen. 2015. A comparison of adult butterfly communities on remnant and planted prairies in Northeast Iowa. National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. (poster)

*Brandt, C. & K.J. Larsen. 2015. Ground beetle communities of remnant and planted tallgrass prairies in northeastern Iowa: influence of plant community structure and recent fire. National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.  (second place President's Prize award winner in the Plant-insect Ecosystem Undergraduate poster competition) (poster)

*Tourdot, T., C. *Liveringhouse, J. *Ash and S. Fretheim. 2015. PI3K/Akt/DAF-16 activity is protective during excess iron exposure in C. elegans. Society of Toxicology Meeting, San Diego, CA. (poster)

*Burke, A. and Beth Lynch. 2015. Vascular plants diversity in forested seeps of Winneshiek County, Iowa. Iowa Academy of Science Annual Meeting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. (winner of the District Frank G. Brooks Award for outstanding oral presentation among TriBeta students). (talk)

*Bies, K.  2014.  Yeasty Beasties: How are Microorganisms Affected by their Environment? Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics-Iowa Science Teaching Section of the Iowa Academy of Science Conference.  Ames, IA.

*R. Manges, *K. Bies, *K. Mahachi and J. Enos-Berlage. 2014. The effect of a calR mutation on Vibrio parahaemolyticus gene expression under varying calcium and iron conditions. Kenneth B. Raper Symposium on Microbiological Research, Madison, WI.

*Eachus, B.*, D. Gibson*, K. Davison*, D. Gilbertson*, and M. McNicoll. 2014. Effects of management on Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip) in a low diversity grassland. Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest Great Lakes annual meeting, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. (poster).

*Gibson, D., B. Eachus*, K. Davison*, D. Gilbertson*, and M. McNicoll. 2014. Understory community structure response to mechanical thinning and fire regime in an oak woodland restoration in Northeast Iowa. Society for Ecological Restoration Midwest Great Lakes annual meeting, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. (poster).

*Behrens, E. and E. Baack. April 11, 2014. Testing for presence of tick-borne disease and coinfection. Iowa Academy of Sciences annual meeting, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA. (poster).

*Gudjonsdottir, A., M.*Rosene, R.*Schulz and E. Baack. April 11, 2014. Prevalence of Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria in NE Iowa Streams. Iowa Academy of Sciences annual meeting, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA. (talk).

*Howell, K. and E. Baack. April 11, 2014. Diversity and effect of endopyhtic fungi on Iowa prairie grasses. Iowa Academy of Sciences annual meeting, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA. (talk).

*Ash, J., T. *May and D. Reding. April 11, 2014. Population genetics of gray fox in the Midwest, USA. Iowa Academy of Sciences annual meeting, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, IA. (poster).

*Powers, N. and K. Larsen. March 29, 2014. Ottoes, Baltimores, and Rattlers, Oh My! Iowa Day of Insects Conference, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. (talk)

*Bauer, A. and K. Larsen. March 10, 2014. Impact of prescribed fire on plant and insect communities in a roadside prairie planting. North Central Branch annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Des Moines, IA. (10 minute talk).

*Schuh, M. and K. Larsen. March 10, 2014. Effect of Rhamnus cathartica (European buckthorn) invasion on the diversity and abundance of ground-dwelling insects in Northeast Iowa forests. North Central Branch annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Des Moines, IA. (10 minute talk).

*Bohr, L., J. *Wittman, C. *Dembsky, S. *Zook, T. *Nelson and J. Enos-Berlage. March 3, 2014. Investigating water quality in the Dry Run Creek watershed over seasons with varying precipitation. Iowa Water Conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA. (poster).

*Wittman, Jacob, and Jodi Enos-Berlage. 2013. Expanding opportunities and responsibilities in water resource education. Iowa Water Conference, Ames, IA. Presentation awarded 1st place in Poster Competition. (poster)

*Bauer, A. and K.J. Larsen. November 11, 2013. Impact of prescribed fire on plant and insect communities in a roadside prairie planting. National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX. (poster).

*Schuh, M. and K.J. Larsen. November 11, 2013. Effect of Rhamnus cathartica (European buckthorn) invasion on the diversity and abundance of ground-dwelling insects in Northeast Iowa forests. National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX. (poster).

*Powers, N., S. Heyer, and K.J. Larsen. November 11, 2013. Hill prairie butterflies of Allamakee County, Iowa: a comparison of the late 1980s to 2013. National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX. (poster).

*Howell, K. and E. Baack. November 2, 2013. Diversity and effect of endopyhtic fungi on Iowa prairie grasses. Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. (poster).

*Ash, J., T. *May and D. Reding. November 2, 2013. Population genetics of gray fox in the Midwest, USA. Midstates Consortium for Math and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. (poster).

*Bauer, A. and K. Larsen. 2013. Possible factors influencing size variability in morphology of adult Cyclotrachelus sodalis (Coleoptera: Carabidae). North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Rapid City, SD.

*Bentz, A. and M. McNicoll. 2013. Management of non-native, invasive Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip) using multiple control methods. Iowa Academy of Sciences annual meeting, Simpson College, Indianola IA. 

*Olson, C. and K.J. Larsen. 2012. Comparing the effect of native and introduced grasses on the development of two grass skippers (Lepidoptera: Hesperiinae): the Least Skipper (Anycloxypha numitor) and Sachem Skipper (Atalopedes campestris). National Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN.

*McDermond-Spies, Nikki and K.J. Larsen. 2012. Effect of management on butterfly and ground beetle diversity in simple and diverse prairie plantings in a reconstructed prairie. North Central Branch annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Lincoln, NE. 2nd place award winner in the poster presentation competition.

*Swanson, L., M. Thompson, E. Voelschow, L. Hieb, M. Cannon, A. Villard, J. Allen, A. Roos, L. McCarter and J. Enos-Berlage. 2012. Calcium-regulated Gene Expression in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Abstract awarded Competitive ASM Student Travel Grant based on quality and significance of research.

*Weckwerth, A., J. Wittman, S. Heyer, C. Weiss, J. Seibert, L. Seigley, C. Ingels, K. Larsen and J. Enos-Berlage. 2012. Exploring the Dry Run Creek Watershed: Molecules, Microbes, and Macroinvertebrates. Iowa Water Conference, Ames, IA. Presentation awarded 1st place in Poster Competition.

*Zinnecker, T., F. *Fairfield, and K.J. Larsen. 2011. A preliminary comparison of organic and spray planting methods in a roadside prairie planting on plant, butterfly, and ground beetle communities. Annual Meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. (poster).

*Stocks, K., M. *Molzahn, J. *Hagemeier, E. Baack, B. Lynch, and K. Larsen. 2011. Effect of fire and clearing on herbaceous vegetation in a woodland clearing. Iowa Academy of Sciences meeting, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA. (poster).

*Delaney, J. and E. Baack. 2010. Intraspecific chromosome number variation and prairie restoration - a case study in NE Iowa. Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA. (poster).

Larsen, K.J. and R.J. *Worthington. 2010. Exciting undergraduates about entomology: bugology at Luther College. Iowa Day of Insects Conference, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. (talk).

*Worthington, R.J. and K.J. Larsen. 2009. Scarab diversity in Northeast Iowa. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN.  (poster)

*Woodin, S.C. and K.J. Larsen, November 2008. Impact of the 2008 flood on carabid assemblages in a northeastern Iowa reconstructed prairie. Annual Meeting Entomological society of America, Reno, NV.

*Bohach, A., B. Solberg and M. Eichinger. 2007. Salivary cortisol response to maximal exercise in collegiate endurance athletes is not affected by season duration. Experimental Biology, Washington, DC.

*Lambrecht, J. A. and J. L. Enos-Berlage. 2007. Identification of Genes Involved in Calcium Regulation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. American Society for Microbiology General Meeting. Toronto, Canada.

*Marquardt, M. and J.L. Enos-Berlage. 2007. Colonial Cell Organization of Vibrio parahaemolyticus under varying calcium conditions in wild type and mutant strains. Kenneth B. Raper Symposium on Microbial Research. Madison, WI.

*Brantner, A.J. & K.J. Larsen. October 2007. Comparison of aquatic macroinvertebrate populations in an established spring-fed stream to a spring-fed stream re-established to its original location. Science in the Driftless Symposium, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Driftless Trout Unlimited, Decorah, IA.

*Rouse, B. & K.J. Larsen. October 2007. Effects of spring and midsummer burns on ground beetle abundance and diversity in a Northeastern Iowa prairie reconstruction. Prairie Invertebrates Conference, Decorah, IA.

*Hoegh, M., *D. McAdam and J. Eckblad 2007. Reproductive biology of fingernail clams of the Mississippi River. 39th Meeting of the Mississippi River Research consortium, La Crosse, WI.

*Broman, D. and K. Larsen. December 2006. Comparison of the aquatic macroinvertebrates of a newly restored trout stream with established streams in Northeastern Iowa. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis. IN.

*Hopp, K.J. and K.J. Larsen. December 2005. Daily patterns of aquatic insect activity at the surface of a northeastern Iowa trout stream. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

*Jensen, K., B. Lynch, R. Calcote and S. Hotchkiss. August 2005. Morphology of charcoal from lake sediments: a clue to prehistoric fire regimes. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting.